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Mahasi Weekend Retreat

Mahasi Weekend Retreat

Vipassana Insight Meditation in the Mahasi Tradition

The Mahasi Sayadaw of Burma, one of the most influential meditation teachers of the last century, developed a combination of techniques - a robust schedule, noting, noting intentions and going slow - to develop the steadiness of attention needed for insight into the impermanence, unsatisfactoriness and not-self. Understanding these Three Existential Characteristics leads to liberation, peace and happiness.

Metta/Goodwill and Bodycare are also developed. Time also for daily practice and questions.

It is likely that this retreat will not be advisable if you have a history of any of the following:

  • Severe psychotic interludes or psychosis (even if controlled with medication)
  • An active addiction to drugs or alcohol. A person with at least one year of recovery and abstinence is welcome.

If you have any history in relation to a suicide attempt or if you have questions or concerns about the above, please contact our Retreat Manager, Susanne O'Brien, by email, to arrange a suitable time to have a conversation. Susanne can be reached on retreatmanager@gaiahouse.co.uk


BHANTE BODHIDHAMMA started training in Soto Zen in 1977, then in the Mahasi Theravada Tradition with Sayadaws U Rewata Dhamma, U Janaka and U Pandita. In 1986 he ordained, subsequently spending eight years at Kanduboda Mahasi Meditation Centre in Sri Lanka. He has been teaching in England, Ireland and internationally since 1998. From 2001- 2005, he was the Resident Teacher at Gaia House. He founded the Satipanya Buddhist Retreat in Wales, a meditation centre devoted to the Mahasi tradition.

Listen to one of Bhante Bodhidhamma's Talks: Mae Chee Kaew: Awakened! (Duration 41:40)
More talks on Dharma Seed. and Satipanya.

Carl FooksCARL FOOKS has been practising Buddhism since the late 1980's, starting with Rinzai Zen before settling on the Mahasi tradition in 2007, and has been under the guidance of Bhante Bodhidhamma since 2010. He teaches a weekly group in London and retreats at Satipanya. He has an MA in Buddhist Studies.


Retreat Code = 18145

A = suitable for all

C = special criteria, please read the retreat description carefully

Friday 4 May - Sunday 6 May 2018 (2 nights)

Standard Rate:    £126 - Please pay this rate if you can
Sponsor Rate:        £151 - A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
Supported Rate:     £107 - Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
FAB Fund Rate:       £63 - For more details please see the Financial Assistance page
Young Persons Rate: £38 - For more details please see the Financial Assistance page

Extending Your Retreat = £44 per night
One day before only - Conditions apply - please see box


Note: If you are booking for yourself and someone else -
you must make a separate booking for each person.

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Price: from £107.00

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